Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Next Release of Adobe Flash Professional will be Animate CC

The next release of Adobe Flash Professional will be Adobe Animate CC and is expected in early 2016. While Flash .swf files are still supported, Animate CC will allow you to create animations that leverage web standards and publish animations to multiple platforms. More info at

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Overview of Image File Types

Check out the informative infographic at about common image file types that describes their origins, characteristics, and best uses.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Using Color Theory to Improve Website Accessibility

Great tips on color selection and use in the article Using Color Theory to Improve Website Accessibility! Topics include: color combinations to avoid, importance of contrast (including warm/cool contrast), selecting complementary colors, using a monochrome color scheme, creating accents with texture and thickness, and an overview of tools and resources.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Flat Web Design

The article, The Future of Flat Design, highlights characteristics of this design trend: bright color palettes, simple typography, minimalism, ghost buttons, and long shadows.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An Event Apart Web Design Conferences

Looking for ways to develop your skills after taking a web design/development course? Check out the conferences offered by An Event Apart. ‪

Friday, July 10, 2015

Psychology of Color Infographic

Colors evoke emotions and can help to engage your website visitor. Check out this psychology of color infographic:
Psychology of Color InfographicInfographic by WebpageFX

Friday, January 02, 2015

New 3rd Edition for Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3!

New 3rd Edition!
It's exciting to announce that my new book, the 3rd edition of Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3, will be available at Amazon in late January! 

The popular Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3 textbook provides a foundation in the skills and concepts that web designers need:
  • Internet and Web concepts overview
  • Create web pages with HTML5
  • Configure color and text with CSS
  • Configure page layout with CSS
  • Configure images and multimedia
  • Explore new CSS3 properties
  • Apply Web Design Best Practices
  • Design accessible and usable web pages
  • Design for search engine optimization
  • Choose a domain name
  • Publish to the Web
The third edition builds on the textbook's successful earlier editions. With the widespread support of HTML5, this edition introduces HTML5 structural elements early (in Chapter 2). Chapter 5 now provides an overview of color theory and an expanded treatment of the use of color in web pages. 

Comprehensive instructor materials are available for the the book from the publisher, Pearson Addison-Wesley. Instructors and faculty can access free downloads of:
  • sample syllabi
  • exercise solutions
  • case study solutions
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • sample test questions
  • website project activity with milestone assignments
  • a group website design evaluation activity
  • a group WebQuest activity

New Microsoft Browser with Windows 10

Computerworld reports that Microsoft will unveil a new browser code-named "Spartan" with the release of Windows 10.